A tour around Heinlenville

I spend enough time gazing at the empty expanse that we once called “The Corp Yard” and wondering what will come of it.

Today, let’s look at the variety of businesses that circle Heinlenville. They have all been struggling on the frontier – so to speak – and yearn to become part of a bona fide cityscape.

First of all, once weeds infested a triangular patch of land on the far edge of an Jose’s Japantown. Now, the complex known as Mio seeks tenants: http://www.liveatmio.com/

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Just across the street, John at @YC (At Your Convenience) waters his plants and prepares for another evening in San Jose’s Japantown.

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Next, on Taylor Street, we have a case of old and new. Taylor Automotive has been on the corner of 7th and Taylor for longer than anyone can remember. The East Taylor Barbershop opened just last year.

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Santo market is our last stop on Taylor before we head south. Who can resist marveling at its wall mural (painted by the artists of Empire Seven Studios), recalling Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa?
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Fuji Towers stands gracefully on the corner, rubbing shoulders with a new development that will support even more seniors.

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This block of Seventh Street sometimes seems a hopeless wasteland, and it’s fun to find encouraging signs of life and growth here. The Rehoboth Ethiopian Restaurant is closed, but the interior appears to be set up to be a mainstream lunch counter. What’s going on here?

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Wait! There’s hope! For between Rehoboth and the Prayer Garden Church is a food truck, with this URL on the side: http://www.hbutlersbbq.com. Stay tuned for more info!

Meanwhile, work on building the new Wenzhou Noodle House is proceeding at a furious pace.
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We are more than halfway around the square, and I just want to share a couple more new gems with you.

Zonkey has been with us for only four months now, but their cool pop-culture toys and collectibles adds a hip flavor to our tour.

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And finally, we know that the former Blockbuster Video store in the Miraido building has been vacant for – well, remember video tapes? Now we have a business that will make you forget video rental chains.

Union Bank was once known as The Bank of Tokyo and they have a long history with the Japanese-American community. I think they will be a good fit.

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